On Sun., Oct 4, beginning at noon, parents and PTA groups from across the city are invited to the first ever NYC PTA Expo 2014 at George H. Lindsey Elementary School, located at 108 Montrose Ave. in Williamsburg, for an afternoon of workshops from education specialists, business leaders and past PTA representatives.
“There are a lot of misunderstandings that arise from what PTA’s are set up to do,” said Town Square founder Susan Anderson. “Once you have a better understanding of the rules you can find out what you can do and cannot do.”
With dozens of exhibitors planned for the event, the workshop-based event takes a stab at deciphering the chancellor’s regulations on PTAs, the ins and outs of fundraising and becoming a registered nonprofit, as well as lessons on participatory budgeting from the offices of councilmen Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso.
“We see this as an extension of what Town Square does,” Anderson explained. “When you look at School Fest, Baby Fest and now the NYC PTA Expo, they’re all geared toward bringing people together to meet each other and developing friendships that will be supportive.”
Assemblyman Joseph Lentol is just one of many public speakers slated for the expo next month.
“We all know that parents make immeasurable contributions to the education of their children and the children of others,” Lentol said. “While many parents put in the hard work, they should have the tools to be able to raise money effectively and to make their PTA the best.”
Other speakers include State Senator Daniel Squadron, author Jean Joachim and senior staff attorney for the Economic Development Initiative Neil Stevenson. Following the event, parents are invited to mingle at Sweet Science, at 135 Graham Ave., for Sweet Science: Tequila Time!